Dairy farmers Charles and Carolyn Smith from Andes Holsteins have brought together more than 20 years of hard work to secure recognition as Master Breeders at the Holstein Australia awards last month.
The Smiths, who have been on their 369ha St Germains farm since 1998, milk 500 cows at their peak and Mr Smith said they prided themselves on producing quality cows.
From those classified, the couple has had eight cows classified as excellent and a further 21 cows averaging 85 points.
Mr Smith said they focused on making decisions that would produce quality cows physically and ultimately ensure high production.
‘‘Obviously, if she’s better physically she’s more able to walk and she’s better able to produce and produce for a long period of time in a commercial environment,’’ he said.
With the growing genomics market, Mr Smith said he and his wife tried to ensure they were doing what was best for their own farm, even if it took them in a different direction to other farmers.
‘‘I probably have a bit of a different philosophy to some others, I believe tried and tested is worth more than maybes,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m a big believer in seeing is believing.’’
The Smiths have had what Mr Smith describes as a ‘‘good run’’ and are now shifting their focus to producing beef at their Holbrook and Wagga Wagga properties, with an October 17 sale at their property the first step.
‘‘I think 20-odd years is a fair innings,’’ he said.